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The Economist: GR, IE & PT should restructure debt – They’re bust!

That’s a nice article to boost our spirit. And thus on April Fool’s Day, on the first day of the month. Stoned-aged old grannies used to say “How the month begins, so the month ends”. They meant that if the first day of the month is good/bad, the whole month would be good/bad. Old grannies have died long ago, but supersticion is still alive. My yearly horoscope was warning me of a financial loss in the month of June… Would you believe that? Well… if the Economist means debt restructure NOW, it maybe takes a couple of months to materialize.  

 The Economist: The euro zone’s peripheryThey’re bust. Admit it.   

Greece, Ireland and Portugal should restructure their debts now

IT IS a measure of European politicians’ capacity for self-delusion that Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, called the euro-zone summit on March 24th-25th a “big step forward” in solving the region’s debt crisis. Something between a fudge and a failure would be more accurate. The leaders fell short on almost every task they set themselves. They agreed on a “permanent” rescue mechanism to be introduced in 2013, but couldn’t fund it properly, because Mrs Merkel refused to put up money her finance minister had pledged. The Brussels gathering did little to help Greece, Ireland and Portugal, the zone’s most troubled economies. Their situation is getting worse—and Europe’s leaders bear much of the blame.   

Portugal’s prime minister resigned on March 23rd after failing to win support for the fourth austerity package in a year. The country’s credit rating was slashed to near-junk status on March 29th, while ten-year bond yields have risen above 8% as investors fear Portugal will have to turn to the European Union and the IMF for loans. The economies of both Greece and Ireland, Europe’s two “rescued” countries, are shrinking faster than expected, and bond yields, at almost 13% for Greece and over 10% for Ireland, remain stubbornly high. Investors plainly don’t believe the rescues will work. 

They are right. These economies are on an unsustainable course, but not for lack of effort by their governments. Greece and Ireland have made heroic budget cuts. Greece is trying hard to free up its rigid economy. Portugal has lagged in scrapping stifling rules, but its fiscal tightening is bold. In all three places the outlook is darkening in large part because of mistakes made in Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin. 

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